Sporting Memorabilia & Equipment

This sector of the art and antiques market often generates big headlines in the general media – not least when an auction record for 1966 World Cup is set for example. But the market is extremely wide and varied. Here there really is something for everyone at every price level, whether a buyer focuses on football programmes, historic golf clubs or fishing tackle.


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Buyer’s premium rise for leading UK coin auctioneer

29 July 2019

Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) has become the first UK numismatics auctioneer to set its buyer’s premium beyond 20%. The London-based coins, medal and jewellery specialist will charge a premium of 24% from September.

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Notorious Ashes Dennis Lillee banned aluminium cricket bat scores £5200 at auction

23 July 2019

The Cricket World Cup final proved to be one of the most dramatic matches ever – and controversial. Should the Stokes bat-hitting accident have earned six points or five?

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Olympic upheaval as posters reveal convoluted history of the wartime Games

22 July 2019

These two posters which will be offered for sale by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on August 7 illustrate the convoluted history of the Olympic Games during the Second World War era.

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Replica US Open trophy leads auction of items seized from tennis star Boris Becker

11 July 2019

The auction of sporting memorabilia seized from Boris Becker has finally taken place with some extraordinary prices bid for a series of trophies won by the bankrupt tennis star.

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Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell's boots worn in 1967 European Cup final won by Celtic on offer in Glasgow auction

10 July 2019

Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell’s boots from the 1967 European Cup final are going under the hammer at a Glasgow auction house on July 19.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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From Doncaster to Philadelphia: 18th century racing trophy offered at Freemans

10 June 2019

This silver-gilt Doncaster Cup racing trophy has hallmarks for Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp for 1767.

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Polo commemorated in celebratory sale at sports memorabilia specialist Graham Budd Auctions

05 June 2019

Graham Budd Auctions is holding a special online auction commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first polo game to be played in England.

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Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom

01 June 2019

Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.

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‘Six-sixes’ auction saga continues as new footage of Gary Sobers interview is broadcast

31 May 2019

Journalist and author Grahame Lloyd has said he will continue his campaign to get Christie’s to acknowledge that the ‘wrong’ six-sixes cricket ball was sold at auction after footage emerged of the batsman Sir Garfield Sobers saying that only one ball was used in the famous over.

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Make a racket purchase in a magical selection of antiques

27 May 2019

Two rackets rackets (no, you aren’t seeing double) are on offer at the exhibition '#7 – It’s a Magic Number', organised by Cotswolds dealers Manfred Schotten and Christopher Clarke Antiques.

ATG letter: Football bribery back in 1904

27 May 2019

MADAM – The recent offering in Wiltshire of a gold pocket watch presented to the then FA Cup-winning manager of Manchester City, Tom Maley, in 1904 is perhaps a reminder that corruption in the football world is not a new phenomenon.

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Manchester City first ever FA Cup win in 1904 marked by Billy Meredith gold watch coming up for auction

24 May 2019

When Manchester City lifted the FA Cup this month they created football history by becoming the first club to win all three major English domestic honours in the same season. A watch coming up for auction from a very different era marks their first ever FA Cup success, however.

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Boris Becker memorabilia auction to go ahead after bankrupt tennis star withdraws injunction

21 May 2019

The sale of sporting memorabilia seized from bankrupt tennis star Boris Becker will be going ahead this summer, the auctioneers handling the consignment have confirmed to ATG.

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Pick of the week: Baseball ale poster is big hit with a US bidder

20 May 2019

In US collecting circles the ‘Anson-Ewing Burke Ale poster’ is spoken of in hushed tones. When an example was sold by New Jersey baseball memorabilia specialist Robert Edwards Auctions for $188,000 in 2008, it was described as the best-preserved of only three known. More recently in February another was sold for $96,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

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Golf’s oldest scorecard drives bidders at Bonhams

14 May 2019

The world’s oldest existing golf scorecard survived adverse weather conditions and a dissatisfied player before going under the hammer at Bonhams earlier this month.

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Six places to buy golfing memorabilia around the UK and beyond this month

13 May 2019

A weekend of watching the British Masters might inspire a spate of related buying, but golf memorabilia is a perennial favourite for some collectors.

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Two specialist vintage fair events in the Midlands on the same day in May

06 May 2019

Two upcoming annual specialist fairs both running on Sunday, May 12.

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Manchester United winner's medal for their first ever league title sells at Glasgow auction

30 April 2019

Manchester United fans distraught at the prospect of their arch-rivals City or… shudder… even Liverpool winning the title this season can perhaps take solace from earlier Red Devils successes.

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Paul Pogba consigns World Cup final boots to charity auction

11 April 2019

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is selling the boots he wore at the 2018 World Cup final at a charity auction in Paris.

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